7:10 pm
August 22

Angels @ Rays

Who will WIN this matchup?

Los Angeles Angels (52-69)

@ Tampa Bay Rays (65-55)


Starting Pitchers:

Davidson (LAA): 2-3; 6.75 ERA

Springs (TB) 5-3; 2.52 ERA


Current odds:

Los Angeles Angels: (+169)

Tampa Bay Rays: (-200)


• The starting line-up for the Angels is as follows:

August 22 lineup: 2B Fletcher, DH Trout, 3B Rengifo, RF Ward, LF Adell, 1B Walsh, C Suzuki, SS Velazquez, CF Sierra, P Davidson

• The starting line-up for the Rays is as follows:


• Tampa Bay has won three consecutive series to fortify the club’s position in the American League wild-card chase, but everything isn’t rosy in the Rays’ world these days. After winning three of four games against the Kansas City Royals to open their eight-game homestand, the Rays will return Monday night to face the Los Angeles Angels in the first of four in St. Petersburg, Fla.

• While Sunday’s 3-2 triumph over the Royals was the Rays’ seventh win in nine games, the mood was dampened somewhat when news broke that dynamic shortstop Wander Franco had suffered a slight setback and was pulled from his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Durham Bulls.

• Franco, who has not been in the Rays’ lineup since July 9, was reported to have “persistent symptoms” in the fractured right hand that was surgically repaired. The 21-year-old also missed time because of a quad strain and hand and wrist discomfort before finally having hamate surgery.

• Left-hander Jeffrey Springs (5-3, 2.52 ERA), who has won two of his three August starts, will make his 11th appearance (third start) against the Angels. He is 1-2 with a 5.51 ERA against them, and they have hit .262 against him. His first loss this season occurred May 9 in Anaheim when the Angels scored three runs on three hits against him in an 11-3 home win. Jared Walsh hit a three-run homer off Springs.

• The Angels won two of the three home games against the Rays in May. The 12-0 win after Springs’ defeat was behind rookie Reid Detmers’ no-hitter on May 10.

• Interim manager Phil Nevin’s Angels won five of six from Aug. 8-14, but the rest of the summer month hasn’t yielded the same kind of results for the American League West’s fourth-place club. After concluding its six-game homestand with three straight losses to the surging Seattle Mariners to open the week, Los Angeles departed for a 10-day, 10-game road trip that features stops in Detroit, St. Petersburg and Toronto.

• On Sunday in their finale in Detroit, the Angels were blanked 4-0 by the Tigers. Star Shohei Ohtani took the loss as Los Angeles failed to score against Eduardo Rodriguez and four relievers. Ohtani battled a stomach virus and pitched just four innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He issued a season-high four walks and fanned a season-low-tying two batters.

• Acquired from the Atlanta Braves by the Angels, Tucker Davidson (2-3, 6.75) will make his seventh appearance (sixth start) of 2022 and his debut against the Rays. The southpaw is 1-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two starts for the Angels with a win against the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 14.

StreakSmarter Pick
Tampa Bay Rays